Black Whiteness; Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic

Black Whiteness; Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic

by Robert Burleigh, Walter Lyon Krudop
     
 

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In 1934, Admiral Richard Byrd spent a season by himself in a small cabin in Antarctica, recording the weather and confronting life, completely alone, in harsh conditions. Robert Burleigh's text is supplemented with excerpts from Admiral Byrd's firsthand account of how he survived, and dramatic illustrations capture the courage of Byrd's amazing ordeal. Full color. 40… See more details below

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In 1934, Admiral Richard Byrd spent a season by himself in a small cabin in Antarctica, recording the weather and confronting life, completely alone, in harsh conditions. Robert Burleigh's text is supplemented with excerpts from Admiral Byrd's firsthand account of how he survived, and dramatic illustrations capture the courage of Byrd's amazing ordeal. Full color. 40 pp. Ages 7-12. Pub: 3/98.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Burleigh (Flight) turns his attention from Charles A. Lindbergh to Admiral Richard Byrd in this picture book charting of the explorer's solo Antarctic sojourn. Burleigh's account follows Byrd to the underground hut where he lived for nearly six months, beginning in March 1934, and made scientific observations about his surroundings. Krudop's (Something Is Growing) evocative oil paintings, with their swirling brushstrokes and chilly palette of subdued blues, grays and blacks, suggest the remote continent's frozen landscape. The alien world is enthralling, with its cold so extreme that ice coats Byrd's sleeping bag and he can hear his breath freeze as it floats away, "making a sound like firecrackers." Burleigh's vivid descriptions, combined with lively excerpts from Byrd's journal, allow readers to experience it almost firsthand; they can feel for themselves the "eerie silence" in which Byrd lived, sense his panic at being trapped outside in a blizzard and cheer him on in his courageous struggle to survive carbon monoxide poisoning. Vigorously written and gracefully illustrated, this lively snapshot of one of the 20th century's most intrepid scientists records a landmark event rarely examined in children's books. Ages 7-12. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The power of poetic text and picture book art combine to transport adults and any child old enough to grasp the concepts of arctic climate, exploration, record keeping, and aloneness into this telling of "Admiral Byrd alone in the Arctic." For nearly six months in 1934, that was Byrd's chosen world. Beyond daily weather recording, he wanted to experience living totally alone amid extreme cold and blackness relieved only by flashlight, lantern, and a small gas lamp. "Byrd had given a hard and fast order not to come back for him until a month before the sun returns." Yet, even when crippled by carbon monoxide poisoning, his training and will of mission supported survival and a last push to light a flare to guide the tractor through the Arctic night to reach him.
Children's Literature - Dr. Beverly Kobrin
In 1934, Admiral Richard Byrd spent six month at Antarctica's first inland base--a below the surface, four-stride-wide, weather station-hut. Robert Burleigh's spare account of Byrd's experiment in "frost and darkness as complete as that of the Ice Age," excerpts from his diary, and Walter Lyon Krudop's paintings vividly portray the intrepid explorer's almost fatal adventure in Black Whiteness. An experience, Byrd wrote, that heightened "the sheer beauty and miracle of being alive."
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4Byrd's solitary sojourn at Little America during the unimaginably cold, dark Antarctic winter of 1934 is captured in a lyrical text strengthened by dramatic, impressive paintings. For almost six months, Byrd endured that frozen desert with none of the comforts today's Antarctic scientists enjoy, while accumulations of carbon monoxide seeped into his very bones. This simply written version, embellished with slightly edited quotes from Byrd's personal record, Alone (Putman, 1938; o.p.), reveals to young readers the determination and courage of a human spirit's persistent survival under horrific conditions. Using Black Whiteness with Michael McCurdy's Trapped by the Ice (Walker, 1997) would add an extremely human touch to classroom studies of the antarctic, and demonstrate the risks taken by scientific explorers in the early 20th century.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689812996
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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